Bernie Sanders Just Got a Major Progressive Endorsement

January 12, 2016, 3:40 PM UTC
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign fundraising reception at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub on October 14, 2015 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. The fundraiser takes place on the day following the first Democratic presidential debate of the race, where Sanders faced off with frontrunner, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and three other candidates. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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MoveOn, the progressive activist group who once received money from George Soros, has decided to endorse Bernie Sanders for the presidency, giving him yet another accolade from the left wing of the Democratic Party.

Unlike some other political groups, MoveOn’s endorsement is decided by a vote of its members, with a 2/3 majority needed for the official nod to be given. MoveOn endorsed Howard Dean in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008.

Sanders won 78.6% of the 340,665 ballots cast, according to Politico, which is a record for both votes cast and the percentage of votes one candidate got. Current favorite Hillary Clinton got 14.6%.

“I’m proud to have MoveOn and its community of millions of members join our people-powered campaign,” Sanders said in a statement provided by MoveOn. “MoveOn has spent more than 17 years bringing people together to fight for progressive change and stand up against big money interests. MoveOn’s fight to give the American people a voice in our political system was reflected in the group’s internal democratic process. I’m humbled by their support and welcome MoveOn’s members to the political revolution.”


This is another feather in the cap for Sanders’ domination of the progressive section of the Democratic electorate—he’s also gotten support from left-wing stalwarts like Noam Chomsky and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of Ben and Jerry’s. He’s attacked Clinton from the left throughout his campaign, getting more support than many figured he would when he entered the race.
Editors note: This story was updated to more accurately reflect the relationship between George Soros and MoveOn.

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